VTC #13 - Seeley Lake

Photo by Meg Killen

Project: Seeley Lake

Landscape: Blackfoot-Clearwater Valley

Dates: September 20 - 23, 2018

Location: Seeley Lake Ranger District, Lolo National Forest
Project Work: Trail Maintenance
Camping: Frontcountry Car Camping
Project Difficulty: Strenuous
Volunteer Limit: 8
Volunteer Slots Available: YES
Meeting Time: September 20 @ 6:00 PM
Meeting Place: TBD



Project Description

Our May trip to the North Fork of the Blackfoot was cancelled due to snow levels, so we're set to make up the project this weekend in late September. We'll be doing trail work somewhere on the Seeley Lake Ranger District. The exact project work depends on the needs of the US Forest Service at the end of a busy trails season. No matter where or what the work, it promises to hold the same excitement as all our trail projects: good people, meaningful work and fun times on the trail!

Joining this project is a great way to help pitch in on a distrcit that was hit hard by forest fires in the summer of 2017. Our flexibility in the project location allows the Seeley Lake Ranger District to put our efforts where they are most needed by the end of the season. MWA is excited to lend a hand on this district! They are crucial partners for the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project and your volunteer support goes a long ways toward building rapport. Thanks for joining the cause!

About the Area

Nearby Scapegoat Wilderness was designated in 1972 through a grassroots community effort and earned a place in history as the first citizen-initiated wilderness area in the nation. That same collaborative spirit is alive today in the Blackfoot Clearwater Partnership. For the last decade, timber, recreation, and conservation interests have worked together to hash out lasting solutions to public lands management in the Blackfoot-Clearwater valley. The resulting Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, which was recently introduced in Congress by Senator Tester, is the fruit of their labors. 

The BCSA would extend the Wilderness protection to an additional 80,000 acres, permanently protecting the North Fork of the Blackfoot, Monture Creek, Grizzly Basin, the wild Swan Front, and the West Fork of the Clearwater. These areas provide crucial habitat for grizzly bears, westslope cutthroat trout, bull trout, and the largest herd of mountain goats in the vicinity of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The BCSA also increases the pace and scale of forest restoration, providing a boost to the local timber economy. Mountain bikers, hunters, snowmobiliers, and anglers all also stand to gain from the passing of the BCSA.

Click for more information on the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

Meeting Time & Place

Thursday September 20 6:00 PM @ TBD

Camping Details

We'll be frontcountry car camping. Exact camp location TBD. This will likely be a primitive set-up with no facilities.

Food and Water

MWA will provide all meals and cooking equipment. However, please arrive Thursday evening having already eaten or prepared to make your own supper. Your first meal provided will be breakfast on Friday the 21st. Last meal provided will be lunch on Sunday the 23rd. Dinner is not provided on Sunday evening. Volunteers are expected to help with food preparation and clean up on a rotating basis, but your crew leader will handle primary kitchen responsibilities. 

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